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The militant known as "Jihadi John" has been named in reports as Mohammed Emwazi

Man named as Jihadi John 'was kind'

The British graduate believed to be violent extremist Jihadi John has been described as "extremely kind" and "extremely gentl…

  • Teen found with 12-inch knife and hammer “rapidly developed an extremist, violent …
    Teen found with 12-inch knife and hammer “rapidly developed an extremist, violent … Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Brusthom Ziamani was found guilty of plotting to kill soldiers today. More »

  • British teenager found guilty over soldier 'beheading' plot
    British teenager found guilty over soldier 'beheading' plot Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    A British teenager was found guilty on Thursday of plotting to behead a soldier in London after being influenced by the murder of an Afghan war veteran who was hacked to death by two Islamists in the capital a year earlier. Muslim convert Brusthom Ziamani, 19, was arrested last August carrying a 12-inch (30-cm) knife and a hammer, wrapped in a black Islamic flag. Ziamani, from Camberwell, southeast London, was convicted of preparing terrorist acts. Commander Richard Walton, from London police's Counter Terrorism Command, said after the verdict that the case starkly illustrated one of the threats police currently face in Britain. More »

  • Accused 'loved Woolwich killer'
    Accused 'loved Woolwich killer' Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A teenage Muslim convert accused of planning to behead a British soldier claimed he knew one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's murderers, a court heard. More »

  • Teen Allegedly Planned To Behead Soldier
    Teen Allegedly Planned To Behead Soldier Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    A teenage Muslim convert, who idolised the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, has gone on trial accused of planning his own attack on members of the British military. Brustholm Ziamani, 19, was arrested on an east London street, carrying a rucksack with a large knife and hammer wrapped up in an Islamic flag. On the opening day of his trial at the Old Bailey, the court heard Ziamani had later told a security officer he was "on his way to kill a British soldier at an army barracks" when he was detained. He also referred to Michael Adebolajo, one of Lee Rigby's murderers, as a "legend". More »

  • Man 'said he would behead soldier'
    Man 'said he would behead soldier' Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    A teenage Muslim who idolised the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby was arrested as he made his way to behead a British soldier, a court heard. More »

  • Police Hunt Pair Over Cadet Beheading Threat
    Police Hunt Pair Over Cadet Beheading Threat Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Police are searching for two men after female army cadets reported they were threatened with beheading outside an Army Reserve centre. The occupants of the car are thought to have asked the two teenagers "Are you in the Army?", before shouting threats as they drove past in Alexandra Road. The alleged reference to beheading has chilling echoes of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby who was attacked in Woolwich, London, in May 2013. Northumbria Police have stepped up patrols in the area, following the threats at 9.15pm on Wednesday, 21 January. More »

  • Jihadi Who Faked Death Gets 12 Years In Jail
    Jihadi Who Faked Death Gets 12 Years In Jail Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A British jihadi who posed with the severed heads of Syrian soldiers and faked his own death to sneak back into the UK has been jailed for 12 years. But Imran Khawaja - who spent six months in Syria alongside insurgents linked to terror group Islamic State - has appealed to other young British Muslims not to make the same mistakes he did. He acted as a frontman for Rayat Al Tawheed, posting dozens of photos and videos online and boasting of his weapons training and exploits on the battlefield. During a two-day sentencing hearing at Woolwich Crown Court in south east London, Khawaja's defence team appealed to the judge, Mr Justice Baker for leniency, claiming the 27-year-old was a "psychologically vulnerable" young man who bitterly regretted his actions. More »

  • British 'severed heads' jihadi jailed for 12 years Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A Briton who helped an Islamist group in Syria record videos of severed heads and then faked his own death in the hope of being able to return home undetected was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Friday. Imran Khawaja, 27, of Southall, west London, travelled to a training camp in Syria in January last year and joined Rayat al Tawheed, which became aligned with Islamic State, prosecutors had said. "Khawaja was seen in a disturbing video posted on social media which includes a bag of severed heads," a police statement said after Friday's sentencing at Woolwich Crown Court. More »

  • Fake death jihadi given 12 years
    Fake death jihadi given 12 years Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A British jihadi nicknamed "Barbie" who fled a Syrian training camp because he had "had enough" of conditions there has been jailed for 12 years. More »

  • British jihadist who faked death jailed for 12 years
    British jihadist who faked death jailed for 12 years Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A British jihadist believed to have faked his own death while fighting in Syria in order to return home undetected was jailed for 12 years by a London court on Friday. More »

  • 'Beheading threat' to Army cadets
    'Beheading threat' to Army cadets Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Two teenage girls have claimed they were subjected to violent threats - including a reference to beheading - as they left an Army Reserve centre. More »

  • British Jihadi Held Severed Head In Video
    British Jihadi Held Severed Head In Video Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    A court has been shown the moment a British jihadi held up the severed head of a Syrian soldier. Those inside the courtroom were warned about the extremely graphic nature of the video they were about to see, which was shot in Syria in April last year. In the footage, Imran Khawaja, from west London, is seen delving into a bag of severed heads and lifting one out. Khawaja pleaded guilty last month to preparing acts of terrorism, attending a terrorist training camp in Syria and receiving weapons training and is now facing a lengthy prison term. More »

  • Death-fake jihadist to be sentenced
    Death-fake jihadist to be sentenced Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    A British jihadist, who posed for a picture holding a severed head in Syria and then faked his own death to sneak home, is facing years behind bars. More »

  • Student jailed for Syria jihad plan
    Student jailed for Syria jihad plan Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    A radical Muslim student who wanted the black flag of the Islamic State to fly over Downing Street has been jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of planning to join rebel forces in Syria. More »

  • Police 'aggressive' in girl hunt
    Police 'aggressive' in girl hunt Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Police were aggressive in their search for a teenager who went on the run, her mother told an inquest today. More »

  • Call For Tasers For All Police To Tackle Terror
    Call For Tasers For All Police To Tackle Terror Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Frontline police officers should be able to carry a Taser to combat attempted attacks on them by terrorists, according to the head of the organisation that represents them. Police Federation chair Steve White said the stun guns, which can temporarily disable the target with two dart-like electrodes that carry a maximum 50,000-volt charge, should be made more widely available to uniformed officers. Mr White said: "The terrorist ideal to get attention no longer relies on an attack being in a place of note. The murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich in 2013 showed "you don't need to have a gun to create terrorism", said Mr White, who rejected the notion the move amounted to arming officers. More »

  • Front-line cops 'must have Tasers'
    Front-line cops 'must have Tasers' Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    All rank-and-file police officers should be armed with a Taser because of the heightened security threat, the head of the Police Federation has said. More »

  • Does Cameron have any response to terror which doesn't involve the snoopers' …
    Does Cameron have any response to terror which doesn't involve the snoopers' … Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    No matter what, David Cameron is intent on getting the snoopers’ charter onto the statute book. The prime minister seemingly has only one stock response to any terror attack and that is to demand the government be given access to our online communications. More »

  • When Terror Suspects Slip Under The Radar
    When Terror Suspects Slip Under The Radar Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Thousands of people are on 'watch lists' or 'no-fly lists'. However, predicting when they will decide to launch an attack is notoriously difficult. More »

  • MI5 chief warns of planned attacks
    MI5 chief warns of planned attacks Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    A group of core al Qaida terrorists in Syria is planning "mass casualty attacks" against the West, the head of MI5 has warned, in a stark reminder that the threat to the UK continues to stretch beyond Islamic State (IS). More »

  • HSBC vows to match mortgage rates
    HSBC vows to match mortgage rates Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    A mortgage price war has intensified as a bank has brought back a pledge to match the rates on offer from its high street rivals. More »

  • Jihad-supporting mother jailed
    Jihad-supporting mother jailed Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    An "extremist" mother-of-six who took pictures of her toddler son holding a toy gun and daydreamed about sending his eight-year-old brother to fight jihad when he grows up has been jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on Facebook. More »